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Posted by MysterD on 02 March 2018 - 11:48 PM
Mafia 3 (base-game) suffers from open-world UbiSoft repetitious side-quests everywhere just like Mass Effect: Andromeda. Though, Mafia 3's great with its character and story development, when it sticks to actually telling it - the game can get you overly side-tracked w/ side-quests galore.
As for Mankind Divided - that game just needs a sequel to flesh out the rest of the story that feels so missing here. Even after the DLC's, it only fills in a few blanks story-wise, but certainly not everything; not even close. Otherwise, the gameplay was great - especially if you're a big fan of old-school Deus Ex 1 and DX:HR.
Personally, if you don't own MD and don't own M3 already - seems like a solid bundle.
Posted by MysterD on 02 March 2018 - 12:00 PM
Jesus christ you traded in four consoles to Gamestop in order to buy a fraction of pre-built gaming PC from Gamestop?
2018 sucks. These cryptocurrency shenanigans can go to hell. There hasn't been a worse time this century to try and build a new gaming pc or buy some of its integral components. Sales by Corsair, Logitech, Razer, and the other peripheral makers must really be suffering too. I wonder how all the major players in the tech manufacturing industry feel about this stuff. Something has got to give.
Yeah, that's crazy. I wouldn't trade all of that console stuff in to get $1100 or so off a crazy PC. Nobody needs to do all kinds of trade-in shenanigans to drop around $2000 worth of stuff or so on a PC just to do 4K. 4K isn't even really necessary. Maxing-out stuff isn't even necessary at high res's like that; it's overkill right now. 1080 Ti (and most other cards, for that matter) is so overpriced w/ the DDR4 + DDR5 RAM shortages and the crytocurrency non-sense at such a $100+ premium, it ain't even funny.
1080p maxed-out or 1440p at decent settings should be just fine for most. Heck, if you want to max-out, 1440p is fine.
32MB of RAM is crazy. I have 16GB myself. None of my games at Medium to High settings at 1440p or Medium for 4K really are eating up even more than 12GB of RAM, from my experience. While having a 4K monitor and loving all this extra space on my desktop is awesome - I can't run most games well enough at 4K with my GTX 970 (mostly just MKX and WWE games since there's not much going on in those and it's possible), so I normally go for 1440p...and 1440p is wonderful.
One could do fine w/ getting a PC around $600-1500 these days anyways (Depending on if you do 1080p, 1440p, or want to do 4K but don't max-out stuff), if you just catch a sale at Microcenter, Newegg, Fry's or somewhere.
Regardless, if one wants to drop all that $ on that - hey, more power to that person! Its might be overkill and cost an insane premium, but at least I guess you're going to get an amazing PC gaming experience.
Posted by MysterD on 01 March 2018 - 12:03 PM
Thanks for the help guys. I am new to PC gaming and not that savvy. In fact, I only downloaded steam because The Orange Box was $1.99 on sale and I have always wanted to play those games but never got around to on consoles because I heard there were a lot of problems with them and PC was the way to go. I am playing Half Life 2 with an Xbox One S controller and aside from the screen tearing, it looks fine. I made sure both TOB and Portal 2 could run on my PC before I bought them. I am not sure I understand all those command screen but maybe there is a youtube vid that can show me the step by step process.
For those telling me to just buy a $600 or whatever PC, LOL!! First off, I mostly see gaming laptop for around $800 for the lowest and like $1200 for the highest that can run todays games. I currently don't have any room for a desktop and I only spent $200 on my current Laptop that I have had for a year now. I didn't buy the laptop to play games on and am mainly a console gamer but my understanding is that these games should run fine for me. I have not tried Portal 2 yet as I am currently obsessed with Fallout 4 GOTY for PS4 but I am assuming if TOB has screen tearing, a newer game like Portal 2 will as well although I haven't checked for sure yet.
PC gaming is too expensive for me. All 3 main consoles combined would cost me like one lowend gaming PC and I wouldn't have access to any exclusives. I bought my One S for $175 brand new(Wal-mart glitch years ago). Switch for like $200 or so brand new(99 cent store lego dimensions return to Target for full price store credit trick plus 5% Red card discount) and I think like $225 for a brand new Darth Vader PS4 2 or 3 black fridays ago after it was on sale and I sold the Disney Infinity that came with it. So the $600 or so I spent on all 3 consoles would most likely not buy me a laptop that could run all the current games in 1080p at 30 or 60 fps and again, I would miss out on all the exclusives. Free online yes but I rarely play online and the extra cost does not justify it IMO.
All my drivers are up to date according to my comp and it says Intel 620 when I go check it. That's the first thing I tried.
I have a gaming laptop and run most games at either 900p or 1080p with a Haswell i7, 16 GB of RAM, NVidia GTX 960M 4GB, and W10. I can throw pretty much anything at it. I run most of those games at either 30fps or 60fps with Medium settings or better. That includes games like Fallout 4, WWE 2K15+16, Dishonored 2, Dying Light, etc etc. I spent around $820 on it, few years back.
So, I did throw HL2 Episode 1 at my Nuvision Intel integrated graphics tablet last night (IPS screen, 2 GB of RAM, Intel Trail Bay processor, Intel integrated graphics, W10 64-bit), which retails around $150 (got it on sale for like $60). Without even mucking around w/ trying to write some config files, I was loading old saves from different areas to try and trip it up to get Syncing and/or Tearing issues. I actually got no issues. I was running at 640x480 and did try w/ VSync on or Off - still, was either 60fps or better. So, I don't know if you should go into Options and mess w/ other lower resolutions (640x480, 720p, 1080p, whatever); turn some stuff on or off in the Advanced Graphics menu; or what. I also have no clue what you're using for a monitor either - so you do want something that's solid there too (which can do 60hz or better).
Not all PC games, especially older ones, are all roses and that they'll just run properly. Games sometimes don't just start and run properly, from picking up and just playing. B/c hardware and software (we're on DirectX 11+12 now) change so much here and so many different variables for configurations - well, some things can just go off b/c they weren't built for newer hardware and/or software you're running on. Some of them, you are actually going to have to muck around w/ graphics settings; config files (such as INI files) and toss in some commands; and whatnot until you hopefully find something that actually works and sticks. $200 ain't going to do much for you with a laptop for PC gaming, so....yeah, don't expect miracles here.
Always check PCGamingWiki of a said game; a game's Discussion Boards and the Guides on Steam; and whatnot as those could cite a lot of issues and maybe even have ways to work around them.
If you want to get into PC gaming seriously - you will learn how to catch stuff on sale. So, keep waiting - as you never know when stuff might pop-up. WalMarts and their clearance sections are known for this - as they've had surprisingly solid stuff reported for cheap for PC desktops and laptop on these boards, Reddit, and other places. Always look for systems w/ NVidia or AMD graphics cards, as I've found over the years, it's a lot easier to muck around w/ games and use their specific software to override and force things like framerate caps, syncing methods, different AA/AF settings, etc etc. A lot of times, I've found, it's as simple as using their cards & their software - if you can figure out what to do, find solutions online, or whatever.
Posted by MysterD on 28 February 2018 - 11:02 PM
I've complained about it before and it probably happens on other sites too, but why do people give asinine and unsolicited advice when people ask very specific (and most of the time reasonable) questions? If you don't have anything productive to add then don't say anything.
Telling someone to buy a new laptop when they very reasonably asked about getting an old ass game to run better on their current laptop which should run the game fine is not helpful in any way.
I notice people do it with other stuff. "Hey, I have X amount to spend on something, what do you recommend?" and you get a ton of "DON'T DO IT! IT'S WORTHLESS! SPEND 10X ON THIS OTHER ITEM!"
I don't know, just something annoying I've noticed. I mean on rare occasion, people have a legitimate reason to recommend someone save more money, but most of the time it just feels like people with nothing helpful to say just wanting to insert themselves in a discussion.
B/c in the long run, if the dude actually likes PC games and wants to run them properly (i.e. at 30fps or 60fps and at a worthwhile resolution to his screen's ratio) - well, b/c he has a not-so-hot laptop and wants to actually play some PC games with it, he's going to have to either ditch PC gaming (b/c it's too pricey) or just get a better one.
If he thinks PC gaming sucks from that experience w/ a weak rig - well, that's what happens when you actually have a weak system; it's a crap-shoot. If he goes for something better - that's gonna be more $ spent, instead of just buying something decent from the get-go; and he has a better chance of maybe liking what PC gaming can do. Unfortunately, that's just the way this works.
Getting older or weaker systems to run PC games properly, whether old or new, just can be a royal pain-in-the-ass. With things like trying low-end solutions, having issues w/ old games on newer OS's and hardware/software, maybe even just trying to get things to sync properly and/or get them to even run worth a damn - eh, it can really suck and be a crapshoot. And this is me literally speaking from experience here, as I have before bought a weak laptop and tried to run some older stuff on it. Seriously, Intel integrated graphics cards are pretty much be a waste of time; and it's not really worth that hassle most of the time, TBH.
If we're talking worthwhile older FPS's to run on some Intel integrated graphics cards - Old-school classic Doom games (Doom 1, Doom 2, Final Doom) and Quake stuff (i.e. Quake 1 & 2) run really well with some Source Ports. Hotline Miami 1 also ran quite well for me.
Posted by MysterD on 28 February 2018 - 04:16 AM
Different strokes. I had a lot of fun just cruising around and busting shit up and getting into trouble. But if the worst you can say is that a game is best played by playing the game well, hey, that works too.
The cruising around and open-world stuff was just "meh" to me in FC2. It was one of the aspects of the game I was looking forward to there, but....eh, it just seemed very repetitive & boring here. While I liked the game b/c of the main quest missions - yeah, that would be about it. I expected more of this title, back when it launched.
Posted by MysterD on 26 February 2018 - 02:20 AM
Btw, Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 premiere tonight!
It was good and up On Demand on Xfinity early this morning.
Counterpart was up also and that was also quite good.
Starz puts a lot of their stuff up early On Demand w/ Xfinity before it Premieres Live on their Station that night.
Posted by MysterD on 25 February 2018 - 01:44 PM
You have to keep in mind MysterD's playthroughs include 3-4 hours of screenshotting time.
That's true that I do screenshot a lot for Steam games, sure.
But, not so much on Non-Steam games.
Ever since Steam got rid of having Non-Steam games have their screenies show up on the Steam Activity feed - eh, don't really care about taking screenies much in Non-Steam games. Don't take even close to as many, when running MSI Afterburner.
I really wish GOG, UPlay, Origin, and others had built-in Community like Steam where I could take screenshots & post them on their own service's My Activity Feed.
Posted by MysterD on 25 February 2018 - 02:35 AM
Finished up Battlefield 1's War Stories Campaign(s) [i.e. Single Player Component].
Took about somewhere b/t 7-8 hours in total - but the "All killer, no filler" approach here in every regard. With all short stories here not one long campaign but numerous short campaign and insanely action-packed campaigns from front-to-back, nothing feels like it ever goes on too long. Everything feels just about right.
DICE really doesn't seem to be weighed down trying to chase the CoD dragon with a CoD style campaign here by having one long story, lots of character dialogue, and character development - as each story feels like its own short TV episode (30 minutes to an hour) or a typical length of a movie (1 hour and a half to 2 hours).
Missions with a mix of some linear COD missions and huge open-spaced BF-style maps and objectives (capture areas defend areas) with varying types of combat (being a pilot in a plane, driving a tank, being on the ground as a soldier, being a armored soldier on the ground; etc etc) make the War Stories shine, never feeling like you're stuck with one character, environment, and/or mission way too long.
The War Stories are all intense, chaotic, and fantastic.
Couple the above right along with the game's fantastic multiplayer campaign - this is DICE's best Battlefield game since Bad Company 2.
Posted by MysterD on 23 February 2018 - 12:04 PM
Played some Battlefield 1 last night.
Namely, checked out The War Stories Campaign, since I have played the awesome MP during some BF1 Free Trials before.
In particular, checked out the Gambling Pilot's War Story. Man, it was awesome! Non-stop killer, no filler for about 2 hours. Had a blast with it. With some linear missions w/ somewhat closed areas here and there; and some areas which are huge maps and have BF Multiplayer-like feel to them.
Also did some of the Tank War Story last night where you're guiding Big Bess. So far, with this game's mix of having rather short mini-campaigns in the Campaign Mode, it feels like DICE's often weakness of dialogue and storytelling doesn't have much time to really sink in b/c of this style of having short campaigns. In a sense, it reminds me of movie Dunkirk with "all killer, no filler" for storytelling and actual action.
Also, some of the missions feel like a MP game mixed with a SP game, as there are times you're holding choke points and controlling points of that sort just like you would in the MP - but you keep pushing along the linear map (at some point) like a SP game. So, not only is it a (linear) Campaign, it feels like it's also teaching you the MP a bit too w/ the way it's doing objectives, in case you decide to later go online w/ the MP (if you haven't already). Very cool mix of things.
SP isn't usually DICE's strong-suit for their games and especially their BF games, as it's normally the MP. But, this could be something special, if the other mini-campaigns are also great. Might be the best SP Campaign since BC2.
BF1 PC runs great at 1440p with a mix of Medium and High settings, in which the game runs great & looks great at 60FPS. I probably should mess with the settings, as the game rarely even drops below 60fps here on my PC (i7 950 Bloomfield; 16 GB RAM; GTX 970; W7 64-bit).
Must play more!
Posted by MysterD on 20 February 2018 - 11:12 PM
Pretty good Origin sale going on. Should I get the base versions of Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2? Are the dlc worth it?
Side note for those who want to buy from Amazon who have Bing-made Amazon GC $ racked up, they matched some of the Origin store deals...
All listed are Origin versions: